That pot’s not gonna stir itself.

Crisis time! “Missed field goals cranks up kicking competition for Georgia“.

Chip Towers brings the strong AJ-C business model with this:

Georgia has a kicking problem.

That’s a rarity for the Bulldogs, who have one of the greatest place-kicking traditions in college football. And it wasn’t expected to be an issue this season with junior Jack Podlesny coming back after a stellar 2020 season.

But the kicker known as “Hot Pod,” after his legendary predecessor Rodrigo “Hot Rod” Blankenship, has experienced some early hiccups. He has missed two of his first three field-goal attempts, with the failed kicks coming from just 32- and 36-yards. His one successful kick was from 22 yards out. Podlesny also has grazed an upright on one of his nine point-after attempts and been well off center on a few others.

“Well off center”?  Holy shit, Georgia’s doomed.

Read down five paragraphs — assuming you haven’t already dropped the article in panic and run from the room screaming, that is — and you’ll discover that Kirby isn’t quite at DEFCON 1 yet.

For now, Smart remains patient and hopeful that Podlesny can work out the kinks.

“We’re always in competition, as you well know…”

I’m sorry if I scared you with that.

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57 responses to “That pot’s not gonna stir itself.

  1. The miss in Charlotte was bad. It was from the middle of the field.

    The miss on Saturday was an absolute push. I believe it came from left hash.

    Calling Dr. Butler to the House of Pain.

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  2. Castleberry

    Hopefully we can get a follow up piece on that bad snap from Saturday WTF. Thought we were gonna lose.

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  3. CB

    Great defense and bad kicker? We really are becoming Bama.

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  4. coachemup78

    I knew our transformation into Bama was complete as soon as our field goal kicking went south. This is our year!

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    You may not like the prose, but missing what should be two easy FGs is a “Not great, Bob,” situation if I’ve ever seen one.

    I suggest that it might be a good idea for Kevin Butler to reward Pod with a private NIL deal for free kicking lessons. You know, considering Butler used up his GA eligibility.

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    • Dude, it’s two field goal attempts.

      I’ll freak out when Kirby says it’s time to freak out.

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      • tenesseewasnevergreat

        2 out of 3 and points may come at a premium later in the year. Worrying won’t help, but it’s odd that you don’t see anything to be concerned about because Kirby hasn’t announced that he’s lost faith in his kicker.

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        • biggusrickus

          Yeah, a kicker with the yips is a problem. It may not come up for a while – if a field is critical against South Carolina, Vandy or even Arkansas, they have other issues – but it’s a concern.

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        • It’s a small sample size, but you do you.

          I lived through the Fabris years. I know when it’s time to freak about place kicking. We’re not there yet.

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      • Texas Dawg

        If you’re waiting for Kirby to freak out before you see it as a problem, then you’ll never see it. The house could be burning down and what Kirby will communicate to us is that he’s monitoring the situation. Yea, missing 2 out of 3 chip shots is a reason to worry.

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      • Down Island Way

        This ain’t monday morning qb talk, a win is a win, that miss against klempzen was really needed and that one was missed badly, hell, he even missed the klempzen band that took up the whole end zone, knowing the miss against uab didn’t change a thing, but kickers with confidence are hard to beat, look at Jake, he’ll tell you where he’s gonna place that ball and then do it…CKS isn’t in panic territory, Jack needs to hit a couple just to feel good about hisself…

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  6. Dawg in Austin

    It’s definitely not something to freak out about, but I did notice that all of his FG and XP attempts were moving several yards to the right from his initial line, almost like a slice in golf. I don’t recall seeing that ever from him, so my guess is there is something going on with his technique and it can be tweaked.

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  7. Just get Pod some of those Rodrigo “Wild Thing” glasses and everything will right itself.

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  8. DawgFlan

    Didn’t Butler say something on the post-game show about seeing a mechanical issue? It’s hard for me to believe 1) if he noticed it Pod himself and his coaches haven’t, and/or 2) Butler would notice it but not bring it up to someone within the program.

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  9. Tony BarnFart

    The problem with kickers and help / instruction is the same problem with golfers. Too many cooks in the kitchen in the way of instruction or over-instruction, your buddies on the Tee box who don’t know what they’re talking about……and it all gets in your head.

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  10. sirjackshea1980

    DJ Shockley is a great addition to the radio broadcast crew.

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  12. Bulldawg Bill

    “I’m sorry if I scared you with that.”
    No you’re not!

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  13. Derek

    Despite the fact that we’ve had more than our share of great fg kickers, I’m not a fan of a game where big, fast, large, mean men fight for 4 hours and it gets settled by a failed soccer player with emotional baggage.

    If I ran things one of two things would happen:

    1) just rip the goal posts out. If you want to score, get the damn ball in the end zone

    OR

    2) fgs and extra points are allowed BUT the snapper, holder and kicker must have played the down prior to the kick attempt.

    That way actual real live football players would decide the games. If coaches want specialists they’ll have to waste a down to use them.

    In short, Lou Groza is fine. This is an abomination:

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    • originaluglydawg

      Years ago I proposed (I think on the old ABH blog) that field goals should count less from farther out. Why give a team three points for not being able to drive it past the 30?. One point for that real long one, two points inside the twenty and three for inside the ten. Reward a deeper drive with more points.
      Some kid from Australia or Brazil that has never seen an American football game or even an American football can sign up and change a game that he doesn’t even understand, while the guy who is blocking in the trenches never gets his name called. Field goals suck and that was my largest problem with CMR..he loved to get that three.
      I believe that if you never had a FG kicker and had to go for seven every possession, you’d play the game differently (better) and have a lot more points to show for it. A FG is a gamble just like a fourth and short. The payoff for one is twice as much as for the other.

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    • stoopnagle

      Man, you did Blair Walsh wrong there.

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      • originaluglydawg

        I love all of our FG heros..From HotRod all the way back to Rex (who I have known his whole life). I still don’t like settling for a FG. But I’ll take one as a game winner!

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  14. lincolndawg

    Chip is such a tool, and you can tell by Kirby’s reactions to his questions in press conferences that he agrees.

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  15. uga97

    Ole Chip knows its not Kirby but Cochran & Muschamp’s baby to deal with. Of course Kirbys name gets the hot reads, but we have the schedule to work on everything including kicking.

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  16. SouthsideDawg

    Good grief. This one was FUNNY!!

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  17. akascuba

    What a surprise for an AJC writer to sell fear who’d a thunk it. 3 total kicks as a sample size what amazing foresight.

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  18. practicaldawg

    If Hot Pod has the shanks, I think it’s all but certain JT and/or Stetson will be playing through some pain on Saturday night. I don’t see Kirby risking letting Beck have a Quincy Carter or Fromm outing against the poultry where he tosses them 5 INTs.

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  19. Harold Miller

    Has anyone glanced at Gamecock Forum or any other such sites? One word Moribund.

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    • practicaldawg

      I followed a link there the other day and saw a lot of talk about how they weren’t concerned with UGA’s “trash offense” and how it’s always a close game. Such is the bizarre lens through which USCjr fans see the world.

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      • Harold Miller

        I was reading today where most of them thought an ass whoppin’ was a forgone conclusion. They were debating the relative wisdom of even playing Doty and getting is confidence shot to hell. I was expecting blowhard BS and got dead men walking.

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    • The one thread I read said they were only hoping to score more against our defense than Clemson. That made me laugh.

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      • practicaldawg

        There is no better team at notching moral victories than USCjr. I live in Clemson country and wouldn’t mind if USCjr scored a pair of FGs to double Clemson’s score. They would get mileage out of that for years.

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        • I live in Augusta and feel exactly opposite, lol…lots of Chickens in these parts. Perspective is all about who you live next to.

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          • rigger92

            I’m in upstate SC and the fucking Clemson people around here just tell me “that game should have been a lot more fun”, like, it never happened. They are still on their high horse.

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          • debbybalcer

            Truth. When my daughters were in high school in Evans we regularly had Gamecock fans who were annoying. The Clemson fans here in Greenville have not been bad but the SC fans crow if we lose. They were horrible in 2019.

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  20. Bat City Dawg

    Thank you for using the DEFCON rating system correctly. So many people have it backwards

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  21. bigjohnson1992

    As long as we don’t play any close games we’re fine.

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  22. I chose to not go into the coaching profession because I hate kickers and would never kick a FG. I still have nightmares of being in Red Stick, watching Coach Richt continue to send Billy Bennett out there. The entire week leading up to the game was talk about how Bennett broke, or was close to breaking, an SEC record for points.

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